Saturday, May 18, 2013
From May through November, the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hellertown's Water Street Park, just off the Saucon Rail Trail.
Did you know that the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market is now one of the biggest farmers' market in the Lehigh Valley? The popular market—which is open each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (May through November) in Hellertown's Water Street Park —has grown in size to include more than 40 vendors this year, including a number of new vendors. According to a SVFM brochure, this year's vendors include: Apple Ridge Farm, Aunt Jack's Baking, BabaNonna LLC, Bechdolt Orchards, Best in Show Barkery, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Bobwhite Acres, Conner's Sawmill, Debbie's Kitchen, Delightfully Irrational Desserts, Drizzle, Dunn's Fruit Farm, Eat This Yum, Earth's Phocas, Epic Acre Farm, Flint Hill Farm, The Garden of Easton/Blue Mountain Farms, Glenn & Elly's…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Hellertown Police say Randy Bond, of Bingen Road, Lower Saucon Township,
A Lower Saucon Township man has been charged with public drunkenness, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, after borough police say he was in possession of those items while intoxicated on the Saucon Rail Trail. In a news release, police said Randy Bond, 44, of the 3200 block of Bingen Road, was stopped by an officer on foot patrol on May 6 shortly after 6:30 p.m. Police said Bond was stopped on the trail in between Water and Walnut streets for alleged public drunkenness. At that time, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of heroin and paraphernalia, police added.
An expanded and upgraded Reading Drive Trailhead is expected to reopen along the popular Saucon Rail Trail in mid-May, according to the Lower Saucon Township website.
The Lower Saucon Township Public Works Department is making swift work of a project to upgrade the Reading Drive trailhead along the Saucon Rail Trail, according to an update posted on the township's website last week. According to the update, since it was closed last month public works crews have been "busy constructing and paving the trailhead parking lot, which is expected to be re-opened to the public in mid-May." When completed, the new trailhead will provide restroom facilities and a picnic area. "The Saucon Rail Trail Oversight Commission is currently conducting a fundraising campaign for a water fountain to be located at the trailhead, and it is hoped that an information kiosk similar to the ones located at the Hellertown and Upper…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A marker describing the Ehrhart's Mill Historic District in Lower Saucon Township will be installed near the Saucon Rail Trail. The district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is along Old Mill Road and the Saucon Creek.
Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Lower Saucon Township is the Ehrhart's Mill Historic District, which straddles the Saucon Creek at the end of Old Mill Road. To help highlight the district—which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places—the township plans to install an informational historic marker near the Saucon Rail Trail, Lower Saucon Township Council was told May 1. The rail trail intersects with Old Mill Road in the vicinity of the district's identifying properties, such as the recently restored Old Mill Road bridge, which was built in 1867. Township Manager Jack Cahalan explained to council members that the bridge is significant, as one of the earliest extant iron truss "pony" bridges in Pennsylvania. Ehrhart's Mill …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Work on the extension of the Saucon Rail Trail is ongoing in Upper Saucon Township. Pictured below are photos taken at the trail's crossing at Flint Hill Road, near Passer Road. The extension is closed while it is under construction.
Monday, May 6, 2013
On Saturday, local bicycle collector Bob Swaim provided Saucon Valley History Day visitors—including Patch editor Josh Popichak—with 'pedicab' rides on the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The reported sighting of a small monkey on the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown and an attempted burglary on Railroad Lane in Lower Saucon Township topped local headlines this week.
Monkey Sighting Reported on Rail Trail After a reported monkey sighting, Hellertown Police searched but found no evidence of the animal along the Saucon Rail Trail Tuesday, according to a story published by the Morning Call. Residents Held Door Shut on Would-Be Burglars: Police Police say a burglary attempt in the 1700 block of Railroad Lane, Lower Saucon Township, was thwarted by residents. Three men have been charged in the incident. Resident Asks 'Where's the Urgency on Closed High Street Bridge' in Letter to the Editor Christine Widgren of Hellertown says the "powers that be" are dragging their feet on reopening the long-closed bridge at the borough's border with Bethlehem. School Bus Drivers Try to Rally Community Support Saucon …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
According to the Morning Call, a borough woman told police Tuesday that she saw a monkey while walking her dogs on the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown.
After a reported monkey sighting, Hellertown Police searched but found no evidence of the animal along the Saucon Rail Trail Tuesday, according to a story published by the Morning Call. The newspaper reported that one of its online producers, who is a borough resident, was walking her dog in the area of the Hellertown Marsh when a small tan monkey with a grey face entered the trail from the backyard of a nearby home. Stephanie Sigafoos said her dog lunged at the primate before it ran off, according to the Morning Call, which noted that authorities took her report seriously. Sigafoos also reported that two women who regularly jog the trail also spotted the exotic animal, according to the account. The number to call to report a monkey (or …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The donation was recognized April 18, when Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp and Mayor Richard Fluck visited the car dealership to present a certificate of appreciation to Steve Bartholomew and Chris Limantour of JCL.
When Steve Bartholomew, of JCL Automotive, read a recent story on Hellertown Patch about the borough police department's plan to purchase a bicycle for patroling the Saucon Rail Trail, he said he knew he wanted to help. And JCL subsequently did just that, by donating more than $1,400 to the Hellertown Police Department to fund the purchase of a new bicycle. The generous donation was recently recognized by Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp and Mayor Richard Fluck, both of whom visited JCL on April 18 to present a certificate of appreciation to Bartholomew and his colleague Chris Limantour. "We really appreciate you guys donating this bike," Shupp said to the men. "It's fantastic." "We appreciate the job that you guys do," Limantour told …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Hellertown Police are seeking the public's help in identifying three males they say illegally rode dirt bikes on the Saucon Rail Trail in the borough.
Hellertown Police want help from the public in identifying three males they say rode dirt bikes illegally on the Saucon Rail Trail in the borough Wednesday. In a news release, police said they were called to the trail in the area of Water Street Park at about 7 p.m. for "a reckless driver report." Officers subsequently "located three Hispanic males, one riding what appeared to be a 125CC red Honda dirt bike, with a tall, skinny build, one riding what appeared to be a 50CC red Honda dirt bike, with a medium build, and one riding a blue 50CC dirt bike with a medium build," police said. Although the three riders fled from police, the blue dirt bike was abandoned and was later found to have been stolen, police added. In addition to the illegal…